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Jonas Goltermann, Developed Market Economist at ING, notes that as widely expected, the Bank of England left its policy stance unchanged at its September meeting as the MPC voted unanimously to keep rates on hold this time.

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“The statement reads largely unchanged from August, with the committee anticipating “an ongoing tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period would be appropriate” and that “further increases in Bank Rate are likely to be at a gradual pace and to a limited extent”.”

“The statement and minutes suggest the MPC judges recent data to have been largely in line with its August forecast. If anything, the latest month has seen the UK data come in a touch stronger than anticipated.”

“More importantly, the committee’s language on Brexit also appears to signal an increase in concern, noting that since the August meeting there have been signs of greater uncertainty around the withdrawal process, especially in financial markets.”

“The minutes also convey some worries about turmoil in some emerging markets this summer and the increasing trade tensions between the US and China.”

“The continued strong performance of the US economy provides limited comfort.”

“Overall, we see little news in today’s policy announcement, and nothing to change our view that the BoE is likely to remain in a holding pattern until Brexit uncertainty passes. That means a rate hike is unlikely until May 2019, at the earliest. The BoE outlook continues to depend in large part on the UK and EU achieving a smooth withdrawal process.”

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